Author Archives: Pharm Tao

Mindfulness, Emotional Eating, and Overweight

Mindfulness training may influence the eating habits and weight management. A recent study investigated the effects of a mindfulness and compassion-based method among 53 overweight or obese women (Palmeira et al., 2017). The study examined the possible influences of the … Continue reading

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Weight Loss Programs and Mindfulness Meditation for Obesity

Obesity is becoming a health crisis affecting more and more people. Clinical standard behavioral weight loss programs (SBWP) have been proposed to ease the problem (Spadaro et al., 2017). Such programs are often combined with trainings on mindfulness meditation (MM) … Continue reading

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Rhizoma Anemarrhenae for Infectious Diseases, Fever, and Diabetes

[Name] Rhizoma Anemarrhenae [Chinese Name] Zhi Mu [Parts Used and Preparation] Rhizome [Flavors in Chinese Medicine] Bitter, sweet; cold [Chinese Medicine Meridians/Channels] Lung, Stomach and Kidney [Actions in Chinese Medicine] The herb can clear the pathogenic Heat and Fire factors, … Continue reading

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Gypsum for Infectious Diseases, Fever, and Skin Disorders

[Name] Gypsum Fibrosum, CaSO4, Gypsum [Chinese Name] Shi Gao [Parts Used and Preparation] Gypsum (a mineral) [Flavors in Chinese Medicine] Pungent, sweet; very cold [Chinese Medicine Meridians/Channels] Lung and Stomach [Actions in Chinese Medicine] The material may clear the pathogenic … Continue reading

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Fructus Arctii for Sore Throat and Skin Rashes

[Name] Fructus Arctii, Arctium lappa [Chinese Name] Niu Bang Zi [Parts Used and Preparation] Fruits [Flavors in Chinese Medicine] Pungent, bitter; cold [Chinese Medicine Meridians/Channels] Lung and Stomach [Actions in Chinese Medicine] The herb may detoxify and relieve rashes and … Continue reading

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Bupleurum Root for Flu, Depression, and Fatigue

[Name] Bupleurum Root, Radix Bupleuri [Chinese Name] Chai Hu [Parts Used and Preparation] Roots [Flavors in Chinese Medicine] Bitter, pungent; slightly cold [Chinese Medicine Meridians/Channels] Liver, Gallbladder, and Pericardium [Actions in Chinese Medicine] The herb can expel exogenous pathogenic factors, … Continue reading

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Pueraria Roots for Fever, Headaches, Diarrhea, and Diabetes

[Name] Pueraria Root, Radix Puerariae [Chinese Name] Ge Gen [Parts Used and Preparation] Roots [Flavors in Chinese Medicine] Sweet, pungent; cool [Chinese Medicine Meridians/Channels] Spleen and Stomach [Actions in Chinese Medicine] The herb can dispel the pathogenic factors from the … Continue reading

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Chrysanthemum for flu, Headaches, and Blurred Vision

[Name] Chrysanthemum Flower, Flos Chrysanthemi [Chinese Name] Ju Hua [Parts Used and Preparation] Flowers [Flavors in Chinese Medicine] Sweet, bitter; slightly cold [Chinese Medicine Meridians/Channels] Liver and Lung [Actions in Chinese Medicine] The herb can expel the pathogenic wind factor, … Continue reading

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Mulberry Leaves for Flu, Cough, and Eye Inflammation

[Name] Mulberry Leaves, Folium Mori [Chinese Name] Sang Ye [Parts Used and Preparation] Leaves [Flavors in Chinese Medicine] Sweet, bitter; cold [Chinese Medicine Meridians/Channels] Lung and Liver [Actions in Chinese Medicine] The herb can expel pathogenic wind and heat factors, … Continue reading

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Peppermint for Flu, Common Cold, and Headaches

[Name] Peppermint, Herba Menthae [Chinese Name] Bo He [Parts Used and Preparation] The whole herb [Flavors in Chinese Medicine] Pungent; cool [Chinese Medicine Meridians/Channels] Lung and Liver [Actions in Chinese Medicine] The herb can dispel the pathogenic wind-heat factors. It … Continue reading

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The Herb Perillae for Infectious Diseases, Flu

[Name] Perillae, Perilla frutescens [Chinese Name] Zi Su [Parts Used and Preparation] Stalks; leaves; seeds [Flavors in Chinese Medicine] Pungent; warm [Chinese Medicine Meridians/Channels] Lung and Spleen [Actions in Chinese Medicine] The herb may disperse the exterior pathogenic wind and … Continue reading

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Herba Asari for Sinusitis, Pain, and Infectious Diseases

[Name] Herba Asari, Asarum heterotropoides [Chinese Name] Xi Xin [Parts Used and Preparation] Roots [Flavors in Chinese Medicine] Pungent; warm [Chinese Medicine Meridians/Channels] Lung and Kidney [Actions in Chinese Medicine] The herb can expel exogenous pathogenic wind factors and dispel … Continue reading

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Dahurian Angelica Root for Common Cold, Skin Inflammation, and Pain

[Name] Dahurian Angelica Root, Radix Angelicae Dahuricae [Chinese Name] Bai Zhi [Parts Used and Preparation] Roots [Flavors in Chinese Medicine] Pungent; warm [Chinese Medicine Meridians/Channels] Lung and Stomach [Actions in Chinese Medicine] The herb may relieve the exterior symptoms and … Continue reading

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Notopterygium Root for Infectious Diseases and Joint Pain

[Name] Notopterygium Root, Rhizoma seu Radix Notopterygii, Rhizoma et Radix Notopterygii, Notopterygium incisum [Chinese Name] Qiang Huo [Parts Used and Preparation] Roots and rhizomes [Flavors in Chinese Medicine] Pungent, bitter; warm [Chinese Medicine Meridians/Channels] Urinary Bladder and Kidney [Actions in … Continue reading

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Psychoneuroimmunology and Nutrition Books

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology Healing Stress and Chronic Diseases: Mind-Body Methods and Mechanisms (Psychoneuroimmunology) Vitamins and Weight Loss: How Vitamins Affect Fat Burning Exercises, Bariatric Surgery, and Obesity Related Diseases Natural Antioxidants and Weight … Continue reading

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Chinese Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture Books

Introductions How to Use Herbs in Chinese Medicine: The Basics and Practical Guides How to Use Cupping Therapy and Moxibustion for Natural Healing Herbal Recipes for Obesity and Weight Loss Chinese Diet Recipes for Healthy Weight Loss Classical and Patent … Continue reading

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Ledebouriella Root for Infectious Diseases and Pain

[Name] Ledebouriella Root, Radix Ledebouriellae, Radix Saposhnikoviae [Chinese Name] Fang Feng [Parts Used and Preparation] Root [Flavors in Chinese Medicine] Pungent, sweet; slightly warm [Chinese Medicine Meridians/Channels] Urinary Bladder, Liver and Spleen [Actions in Chinese Medicine] The herb may expel … Continue reading

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Schizonepeta for Infectious Diseases and Skin Disorders

[Name] Schizonepeta, Herba Schizonepetae [Chinese Name] Jing Jie [Parts Used and Preparation] Whole herb [Flavors in Chinese Medicine] Pungent; warm [Chinese Medicine Meridians/Channels] Lung and Liver [Actions in Chinese Medicine] This herb may dispel the pathogenic wind factors and relieve … Continue reading

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Cinnamon Twig for Infectious Diseases, Rheumatism, and Pain

[Name] Cinnamon Twig, Cinnamon, Ramulus Cinnamomi, Cinnamomum cassia [Chinese Name] Gui Zhi [Parts Used and Preparation] Twig [Flavors in Chinese Medicine] Pungent, sweet; warm [Chinese Medicine Meridians/Channels] Heart, Lung, and Urinary Bladder [Actions in Chinese Medicine] The herb may induce … Continue reading

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Ephedra for Infectious Diseases, Asthma, and Edema

[Name] Ephedra, Herba Ephedrae, Ephedra sinica Stapf [Chinese Name] Ma Huang [Parts Used and Preparation] Stem. [Flavors in Chinese Medicine] Pungent, bitter, warm [Chinese Medicine Meridians/Channels] Lung and Bladder [Actions in Chinese Medicine] The herb may remove the pathogenic factors … Continue reading

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High Salt Intake, Anxiety, and Aging

The aging processes are related to the functional weakening in the cognitive and cardiovascular aspects. Such changes may be influenced by external stressors such as high dietary salt intake, which may affect the cardiovascular and mental conditions. A study examined … Continue reading

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Benefits of Qigong Exercise for Elderly with Depression

Researchers in Hong Kong performed a randomized controlled trial to investigate the psychosocial influences of Qigong on elderly with depression (Tsang et al., 2006). A total of 82 participants with depression were involved in the study. The intervention group received … Continue reading

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The Effects of Qigong and Tai Chi on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Researchers at Boston University explored the effects of Qigong and Tai Chi on helping survivors of torture and refugee trauma (Grodin et al., 2008). They assessed the general effects of torture and refugee trauma, emphasizing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). They … Continue reading

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Qigong Can Relieve Chronic Fatigue

According to Chinese Medicine, chronic fatigue is caused by the disharmony and weakening of Qi. Qigong can provide effective interventions to strengthen and adjust the conditions of Qi for disease prevention and treatment. Researchers in UK evaluated the effects of … Continue reading

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Qigong Can Relieve Long-Term Neck Pain

Researchers in Sweden compared the effectiveness of Qigong and exercise therapy in patients with long-term nonspecific neck pain (Lansinger et al., 2007). A total of 122 patients were involved in the study and had either Qigong training or exercise therapy. … Continue reading

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